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Mark Smith

Sahara 2014 Challenge

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Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p][b][span=color: #000080;]I did it! I'm very pleased to say I survived the Sahara Desert trek and walked 105KM over 5 days in the heat, even rain at one the first day and over a mixture of sand dunes to rocks which were not gentle on your feet! What a fantastic but very hard experience and for such a great cause![/span][/b][/p][p][span=color: #000080;]I've found myself taking part in many different events over the years to raise vital funds for SAFE@LAST to support their work with vulnerable children at risk through running; I've slept rough in car parks (The BIG Sleepout), waded through Rother Valley Lake (The BIG Adventure Challenge), took part in a fun run dressed as a cow (Sheffield Fun Run), ran 10ks (Sheffield, Doncaster), and now embark on  my biggest (and scariest) challenge yet...the Sahara Desert![/span][/p][p][span=color: #000080;]SAFE@LAST do an amazing job helping children aged 16 years or under who are at risk through running away in South Yorkshire. No child should be abused, should be unloved nor should they live in fear in the place they call home. SAFE@LAST provide a number of 'wrap around' services to children and young people from preventative work in schools to crisis intervention via their refuge, the only one of its kind in England.[/span][/p][p][span=color: #000080;]As they say, 'prevention is better than cure' and all funds raised through this trip will go to help develop and sustain the charity's prevention and education work in South Yorkshire. [/span][/p][p][span=color: #ff0000;]I have committed to covering the cost of the challenge myself, so that every penny that is donated by my supporters goes to SAFE@LAST.[/span][/p][p][span=color: #008000;][b]I will be taking part in The BIG Sleepout this year and sleeping rough on Fri 10th Oct in the car park of Voluntary Action BARNSLEY and then again on Fri 17th Oct at Parkgate Shopping in ROTHERHAM. Please sponsor me![/b][/span][/p][p][span=font-style: italic; font-weight: bold; color: #008000;]Past events:[/span][/p][ul][li][span=color: #008000;][i]Afternoon tea, stalls & entertainment Sun 7th July 2013 at The Hilton Hotel in Sheffield. Tickets just £10[/i][/span][/li][li][span=color: #008000;][i]Doncaster 5k run Wed 17th July[/i][/span][/li][li][i][span=color: #008000;]The BIG Sleepouts 2013 - I slept rough on Fri 11th October in Barnsley, & [/span][span=color: #008000;]Fri 18th October n Rotherham[/span][/i][/li][li][span=color: #008000;][i]Pop tribute night Fri 25th October 2013 - Divalicious: The Monster Ball at Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster.[/i][/span][/li][li][i][span=color: #008000;][b]The Body Shop At Home party[/b] - Thursday 27th March at my house in Sheffield. Email for more information marksmith.sheffield@gmail.com[/span][/i][/li][li][i][span=color: #008000;][b]Desert Afternoon Tea[/b] - Sunday 13th July at The Hilton Hotel in Sheffield. Tickets just £10 available from garethcarson21@gmail.com 07999179791[/span][/i][/li][/ul]

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Personal Challenge Date

08 Nov 2014



Dec 18, 2014

Rebecca Fielding

Well done Mark, impressive stuff

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Nov 19, 2014


Mark and Dan - What an achievement! I wanted to make sure you made it back alive before sponsoring, although I have yet to confirm that for Mr Senter! Get well soon boys and well done.

£40.00 plus £10.00 Gift Aid

Nov 14, 2014


Incredible Mark - well done

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Nov 12, 2014

Hannah W

Best of luck to my hotel buddy!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Nov 11, 2014

Laura and Matt Morton

Hope you're having an amazing time! Very proud of you. Lots of love Laura and Matt.x.x.

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

Nov 10, 2014


Good luck to you all

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Nov 9, 2014

Emma Labedzki

Good luck Mark and Dan on your sweltering Sahara challenge - you should be very proud of yourselves (as we all are!) for the distance you've travelled so far and we will all be willing you on along the rest of your journey. xx

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Nov 8, 2014

Emma Eastwood

all the best mark!!!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Nov 8, 2014


Good luck to everyone taking part, Charlotte

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Nov 8, 2014


Good luck